Refunk Upcycling

A community bringing furniture full circle

The co-founders first came together in November 2020, when they took part in the Provost’s Innovation Challenge in Trinity College Dublin with the theme of “Sustainable Cities and Communities”. Upon discovering that 10 million tonnes of furniture is discarded annually in the EU, they saw the potential in catalysing the circular furniture economy. When they began engaging with the furniture upcycling community, they learned that 7 out of 8 upcyclers want to pursue upcycling full-time but find it difficult to scale their business.

The combination of these social and environmental problems have impassioned the team to develop the ReFunk platform to what it is today, and built an incredible team and community with the shared mission of fueling the circular and gig economies in the furniture sector

Dogpatch Labs, The Chq Building,
Custom House Quay, North Dock,
Dublin, D01 Y6H7
Email: info(at)

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Our funders

EPA Circular Economy Programme

CRNI supports its members and works to mainstream reuse thanks to core funding provided by the EPA under the Circular Economy Programme.

For more information about the programme see here.

Project Funding

ReMark Quality Mark

CRNI received funding from the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications through the Circular Economy Innovation Grant Scheme to carry our the next phase of the ReMark project. 

For more information about the project see here.

Circular Textiles

CRNI is leading an EPA Green Enterprise project Circular Textiles, which will test the impact of three different separate collection systems for textiles and explore how we could manage the additional quantity of textiles that are collected. This project will be concluded in 2022.

For more information about the project see here.